The National Weather Service is asking the public to consider providing them real-time Precipitation Reports by using a free App on either your iPhone or Android Smart Phones.
The new program is part of a research project being conducted with the National Severe Storms Laboratory and the University of Oklahoma...and Warning Coordination Meteorologist Susan Sanders of the Rapid City Office of the National Weather Service says the data will be available to their office immediately, so you'll be providing them information about the rain/snow/hail falling wherever you are at the time of your report. http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/projects/ping/
The application is known as mPing on both the Apple Store and Google Play download sites. m for Mobile, PING standing for" Precipitation Identification Near the Ground."
Your report is anonymous...but to file a report the GPS location feature on your device must be enabled at the time you are filing your report. The report will then include the precipitation information you selected from drop-down menus along with your GPS coordinates at the time you press send. That report will then appear on the NSSL's PING Report page...visible at http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/projects/ping/display/.
Your reports will be helping with weather and radar research, and from your reports, we'll be able to see what's falling where!